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“Very interesting historical site” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Glendalough Monastic Settlement

Glendalough Monastic Settlement
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Wicklow and Glendalough Tour from Dublin
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: This historic site, whose Gaelic name translates to “valley of the two lakes,” consists of the 6th-century monastery founded by St. Kevin and the famous round tower, standing 112 feet high with a base measuring 52 feet in circumference. Visitors: There is a car park at the Visitor Centre. It is recommended to see the informational video at the Visitor Centre before starting your explorations.
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 113 helpful votes
“Very interesting historical site”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 17, 2011

Take early morning tour to avoid bus tour groups--A must see attraction while in Ireland-
Self guided tour and museum

Visited June 2011
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“Best tour ever....Wicklow Mountains, Glendalough”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 18, 2011

Best tour ever 10/5/11... Glendalough is a beautiful ,peaceful place, wonderful opportunities for photos with John our guide taking some great shots of the group as well. John is well informed, a perfect combination of anecdotes, humor, facts and Irish music! When I return to Ireland I will do the tour again!!

Visited May 2011
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Pruszkow, Poland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 91 helpful votes
“Round tower, Celtic crosses, lakes, mountains, waterfalls... This is THE place to visit.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 20, 2011

We were only for a few days in Dublin, but wanted to see some of the countryside, so an one-day trip to Glendalough seemed the best solution, we thought, and the trip confirmed our bet.
The valley is spectacular, the ruins are what most of us would expect, but they are so much more real than when watched on TV or in the 'net. There is a number of mountain trails (not to steep) you may take to see the waterfalls or walk around the lake.
There is a shuttle bus from Dublin to Glendalough called St Kevins Bus Service running a couple of times a day (http://www.glendaloughbus.com), so you can easily get there even when you're not into driving a car.

Visited November 2010
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“Remarkable place to visit”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 2, 2011

Another highlight of our trip was Glendalough. We traveled there in the winter and there was a fog hovering over the site. This added to the beauty and atmosphere of the place. We wen there with Wild Wicklow Tours (recommend) and our tour guide explained the history of the monastery well. As I sit here and try to write a view, I am at a loss of words to describe the feeling and beauty that this place exudes. It is absolutely breathtaking.

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“Peaceful, historic and beautiful scenery as well..”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 25, 2010

When you arrive at Glendalough you can understand why St Kevin decided to set up home there so long ago, even in these times I found it very peaceful with the prevailing sound being that of running water. The monastic settlement is fascinating and the round tower is in exceptional shape with the whole site surrounded by ancient gravestones. There are a few shops in the vicinity but these, in no way, impact on the place at all.

The upper lake is well worth the walk, you can drive to it but the walk is wonderful. You can take two paths, the Green Road which is along the side of a hill and very easy going apart from a few small hills, or the Boardwalk which is a boarded walkway built over marshland essentially. The upper lake is stunning, with the mountains seemingly growing out of it and if you get it in the sunshine it's a beautiful sight. If you get a chance don't miss any of it now I'm off to find my own glen in the mountains to live in.

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